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Address to Young Men on the Right Use of Greek Literature

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Address to Young Men on the Right Use of Greek Literature




Some early Christians rejected pagan learning and asked, "What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?" But St. Basil the Great thought Athens had quite a lot to do with it! This influential speech to young Christian students is chock full of quotes and stories from the pagan poets, demonstrating that Athens could be a foundation and aid for Christian study, as long as it was rightly used and understood.

St. Basil the Great was bishop of Caesarea and a great theologian. His brother was St. Gregory of Nyssa (among other saints in the family) and St. Gregory Nazianzen was his friend. He lived from AD 329-379.


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